The Andromeda Strain

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The Andromeda Strain is the grandfather of epidemic outbreak movies. A space probe brings back a highly contagious microbial life-form that infects and kills humans and animals, consumes plastics and thrives off nuclear energy! An isolated team of top scientists try to contain and stop the germ from spreading, but it seems to keep thwarting them in this slow, tense thriller. Somewhat dated, sexist and plodding, The Andromeda Strain does hold merit for early CGI use, adapting Michael Crichton's book of the same name remarkably faithfully, lying the foundation for later outbreak-themed films, and meticulously portraying what a response to such an outbreak might be. Will humanity survive this alien plague? Watch one day and see.

Erik M.

Continuity mistake: When Stone and Levitt are examining the capsule, the angle of the camera changes each time the camera goes to a higher magnification. However, the following shot shows the camera mounted straight up and down with no joint to pivot for an angle change.

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Trivia: This film was among the first to use early computer rendering and digital visual effects.

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Question: If the Andromeda "Incident" at Piedmont and the facility were top secret, ever wonder what they did with the old man who knew of both? (I'm excluding the baby, since he can't talk or remember).

Answer: The government would have concocted an official story about what happened in Piedmont—attributing it to some natural disaster. The old man had dementia, was alcoholic, and suffered a severe emotional trauma, so it’s doubtful many would give much credence to anything he had to say. He was also confined to a small area of the Wildfire complex and was given minimal information about what it was or where he was at. In his confused mental state at the time, he probably would have remembered little about what actually happened.

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